Canine Training Technician - Accredited 

Section II:  Film Clips – Basic Training Skills

In order to ascertain your skills and knowledge in relation to basic training you are required to present to the PPAB, filmed evidence of you teaching five (5) of the following basic skills. On successful application, you will be randomly assigned five of the ten behaviours listed below. You do not have to film all ten – only those 5 randomized to you.

Each film clip must be between 1-3 minutes duration and 1 extra minute is allowed, if required, for any discussion that may be requested (see behaviours 6 and 8 below as examples). For more information on the videos please refer to the Study Guide


Ten Behaviors – Five (5) of these behaviours will be randomly selected for you to perform and video.

1.     Conditioning the Bridge

·       You must demonstrate how to condition a bridge (word, clicker, whistle, tongue click, thumbs up or flash light).

2.     Name Recognition and Giving Attention

·       You must demonstrate how to condition the dog’s name so that the dog looks at you when you say his name.

·       You must demonstrate that you can ask the dog to look at you using a verbal and/or visual cue other than the dog’s name.

3.     Sit

·       You must demonstrate teaching the dog to sit.

·       You must appropriately add a verbal and/or visual cue.

·       You must demonstrate that the dog can respond to the verbal/visual cue, giving only one cue with a 2-3 second latency.

·       You must demonstrate using and fading the bridge. 

·       If using the luring method you must demonstrate fading the lure.

4.     Drop/Down

·       You must demonstrate two different ways of teaching the dog to lie down.

·       You must appropriately add a verbal and/or visual cue.

·       You must then demonstrate that the dog can perform the down behavior on a single cue with you standing 2 meters (6 feet) away from the dog with a 2-3 second latency. 

·       If using the luring method you must demonstrate fading the lure.

5.     Stand

·       You must demonstrate teaching the dog to stand.

·       You must appropriately add a verbal and/or visual cue.

·       You must demonstrate that the dog can respond to the verbal/visual cue, giving only one cue with a 2-3 second latency.

·       If using the luring method you must demonstrate fading the lure.

6.     Stay

·       You may choose the position in which you would like to demonstrate teaching the dog to stay (i.e. sit, drop, stand).

·       You must demonstrate how to teach the dog to stay.

·       You must build duration on the stay and demonstrate 10 seconds of stay.

·       You must introduce distance to the stay and demonstrate the dog staying in position for 10 seconds with you 2 meters (6 feet) away from the dog. 

·       You must demonstrate this occurring on two occasions in different venues (e.g. inside and outside, in different rooms of the house, in different outside settings)

·       You must discuss the place that distraction and diversity play in teaching the stay.

7.     Loose Leash Walking

·       You must demonstrate at least two methods of teaching a dog to walk on a loose leash.

·       You must demonstrate that the dog you have trained can loose leash walk at least 20 meters (65 feet), reinforcing only at the end of the 20 metres

o   The leash should not become tight at any stage during the walk and the dog should be no more than .5 meter (2 feet) away from you

8.     Recall

·       You must demonstrate how to teach the dog to recall.

·       You must twice demonstrate the dog performing an off leash recall from a distance of 5 meters (20 feet) in a distracting environment (e.g. outside, people moving past, noise).  Although it is preferred that the dog is off leash for this demonstration, a light line may be used for the sake of safety if necessary. 

·       You must discuss the reasons behind teaching this exercise to pet dog guardians.

9.     On the Mat

·       You must demonstrate how to teach the dog to go to his bed/mat/crate.

·       You must demonstrate progressing this to the point where you can ask the dog to drop on the mat and stay for 5 seconds.

·       If using the luring method you must demonstrate fading the lure and changing to a verbal or visual cue.

·       Discuss the advantages for the pet dog guardian of teaching this exercise.

10.  Tricks

·       You must demonstrate teaching the dog a simple trick.  Teach one of the following:

o   Give paw (shake or high five)

o   Bow

o   Speak

o   Spin/Twist

o   Sit Pretty (Say Please)

o   Roll Over

·       The dog must repeat this trick three times in succession, responding with a 2-3 second latency.

·       If using the luring method you must demonstrate fading the lure and changing to a verbal or visual cue.

·       Discuss the importance of teaching tricks in pet dog training.



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